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Archive for January, 2004

14 Jan 04

it’s like hell. except cold.

congratulations kingston reaching the -30C degree mark! i’m so proud of you.

11 Jan 04

whoa, visited by a pseudo-celebrity

whoa, danny michel left a comment on chumptastic! the ip address checks out. how cool is that? that made my week.

i’ll have to mention more celebs more often…maybe i’ll catch more of them doing vanity searches.

anyway, it was a movie-filled weekend. last night was big fish, which i’ve been been excited to see for the last month or so. it was slightly bizarre, as expected from any tim burton movie, but i enjoyed it a lot. very fun. tonight was school of rock at dunning. also good, and made me wish i had jack black as a teacher for 3 weeks when i was ten.

anyway, tim burton or jack black, if you find this page, you done good.

08 Jan 04

brr

reasons to not get out of bed:

Today .. Sunny with cloudy periods. High minus 15.
Tonight .. Clear. Low minus 28. Extreme wind chill minus 34.
Friday .. Sunny. High minus 18. Extreme wind chill minus 37.

07 Jan 04

george foreman grills – the next generation

which idea is worse?
option a
or
option b

note this feature of option b: ‘Extrude[s] “bacon” and “fries!”‘ mmmmm.

07 Jan 04

zeitgeisty goodness

look, i have a zeitgeist!

what is that mess, you ask? it’s an agglomeration of search terms chumptastic has received this month. the bigger the word, the more times it was searched for. fantastic.

for the geeks out there, i smacked around the search referall zeitgeist perl script to make it happen.

06 Jan 04

sigh, work

oh yeah, this is what work is like. i’d rather do without.

hey, have you read hey nostradamus by and yet? no? go do so.

04 Jan 04

a christmas photographic odyssey

over the course of my vacation, i was lucky enough to record a number of events for posterity with my digital camera that i wanted to cherish forever. lucky for you, you get to share in the excitement. so, without further ado, here are my precious memories, in no pariticular order.

who will forget that time i was driving down the 401 behind the little red shaggin’ wagon?:


the funniest part about this was when i pulled up beside the freakshow, he was this middle aged guy who looked like he might have been mario and luigi’s cousin. oh, and yes, i felt safe taking that picture while driving. there’s a reason it’s barely in focus.

by the same token (and robin gets credit for noticing this), don’t you think sobey’s trucks look like they have subliminal messages in their logo?:


i mean, it clearly DOES say obey. and their slogan of “ready to serve” clinches it.

in a scarborough parking lot, i noticed this license plate:


it didn’t show up too clearly (thanks go to sofi for the stellar photograph), but note that a) the license plate is “VOYAJR”, b) the van is a voyager and c) the license plate has a star trek symbol on it. do you think they bought a voyager just because they wanted to be a part of the tv show and this was as close as they could come?

while eating lunch with my mom at a classy restaurant called marty moo’s in peterborough, i couldn’t help but laugh at the neon sign in their window:


first of all, there’s a company that MAKES signs that say chicken pot pie? second of all, that’s the best thing this cafeteria had to advertise? (yes, yes it was.) trivia: i’m 90% sure that spookey ruben once filmed a music video at that place in its former incarnation as an abandoned burger place.

my sister got her friend staci a classic christmas present, the big ball o’ population:


note that they’re all joined at the head, and their texture is absolutely gross. they feel as though they should stick if you threw them at a wall.

and finally, while in campbellford, the main road had dozens and dozens of artistic renderings, created entirely with christmas lights. the entire street was lit up with these works of art – the entire street, however, except campbellford’s main attraction, the giant two dollar coin. i finally tracked this mythical creation down, and it was too dark to get a good picture of it. here’s a grainy contrast-adjusted version if you care. that’s a big fucking coin.

so yeah, that was my christmas vacation. there were some presents and family/friend gatherings in there, but clearly i photographed the most important moments.

04 Jan 04

peruse away

feel like browsing my cd collection?

04 Jan 04

next year’s xmas present

i gotta get me one of these hats.

03 Jan 04

what? my vacation is almost done?

my vacation is winding down, and that means it’s almost time to get back to a routine, which i’m dreading. the lack of postings over the past few weeks can be attributed to my lack of routine though, so presumably things should get back to normal.

so let’s recap my vacation, shall we?

first of all, the weeping tile show i mentioned forever ago now didn’t quite pan out. my company was too tired to accompany me, so i resigned myself to waiting another year. besides, i’m sure i’ll see sarah harmer around town, as usual.

christmas was pretty good. i wasn’t in p dot for too long this year, which meant i didn’t really have a chance to get too bored like normal. i enjoyed much turkey and pie and other christmas dinnery goodness, and received much loot. a quick list: cds (josh rouse, electric soft parade, wilco, flaming lips), dvds (roger and me, bowling for columbine, the tick live action series (note that article was just posted a couple years ago, by coincidence)), an all-in-one printer/scanner/photocopier, a bunch of beddingy stuff (a duvet, pillows, sheets, etc.), a george foreman grill, etc. yes, definitely spoiled. i also enjoyed quizzing my family on the history of popular music using the mp3s from my music class. i’m not sure if they had fun with that game, but i know i did. oh, and i won a game of 20th anniversary trivial pursuit, followed by a game of pop culture dvd trivial pursuit. all my useless knowledge really came in handy for once.

i had some low key days back in kingston between christmas and new years (although i did go back to peterborough for a day and a half for the aforementioned sympatico disaster, which i resolved successfully from afar, and to buy some rrsps courtesy of my dad – yes, i’m finally becoming responsible. sigh.) and don’t really have much to report about hanging out here. i enjoyed my lack of responsibility though. mmmm, doing nothing.

new years was fun this year, and consisted of dinner at the grizz (complete with a surprise fixed menu) that was pretty good, and much wine, muchmoremusic retro, fortune cookies, chocolate salty balls and revelry chez robin. it was low key and good.

finally, i went to see my life without me last night (featuring debbie harry!) at the screening room. it was pretty good, but the whole thing reminded me a lot of my friend nancy, so she’s been on my mind all day. i also finally finished reading hey nostadamus by douglas coupland, and it was excellent – better than his last few offerings. i strongly recommend it.

and now you’re pretty much up to date in my fabulously exciting life.

ps. check out my favouritest blog in the world, courtesy of sofi.

Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
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Date: 1883

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